How Sustainably Can We Travel?

Fri, 08/03/2024 - 18:00 to 20:00
Penrith Library St Andrews Churchyard, Penrith

How Sustainably Can We Travel?

The ability to travel for work or pleasure is central to our day-to-day lives and the functioning of our economy. But, as the transport sector is still powered largely by fossil fuels, our growing appetite for travel is causing increasing environmental impacts. In addition to the massive human health impacts of air pollution, the transport sector is now the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK.

This talk will explore the solutions put forward for our transport sector that has so far failed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. Much of the focus has been on a wholesale shift to electric vehicles, but we will question why this is the only serious plan to reach net zero and just how sustainable they are.

We will look at how we could travel more efficiently and the wider benefits we would reap from these changes – from reduced road congestion to improved health and wellbeing. And we’ll consider the potential role of transport in the "energy transition" and the ways in which electric vehicles are integrating with smart energy systems.

Join Dr Rich Waller, Senior Geography Lecturer at Keele University and PACT director for an interesting evening.

Book on eventbrite or phone Penrith Library on 01768 812100.